Western New York's Official Women's Flat Track Roller Derby

A Rookie at the Big Kids Table

I remember my first morning at boot camp as clear as day. I jumped in the car at 7 a.m. with brand new skates and gear, parked in the lot at Riverworks with an equal mixture of fear and excitement, and walked into what would become my second home. I wasn’t able to attend the first practice because of a summer vacation, so I was anxious (and a little nervous)...

2017 Suicidal Saucies Preview

2017 Suicidal Saucies Preview

Jan 30, 2017

  The 2017 Suicidal Saucies return with a solid core of skaters and new coaches to help propel the team on their quest to capture their 5th QCRG Championship. Last season saw the Saucies have an uncharacteristically down year that had them finish 1-6 in the regular season and 3rd place in the QCRG standings. The team is in excellent position to challenge...

2017 Subzero Sirens Preview

2017 Subzero Sirens Preview

Jan 24, 2017

Last year the Queen City Roller Girls introduced their newest travel team: the Subzero Sirens who will kick off their 2017 season in a game against the Roc City B Sides on Friday, January 27th at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Riverworks. The Sirens are QCRG’s skaters-in-training for the Lake Effect Furies. “Our ultimate goal is to train skaters who would be able to...

2017 Devil Dollies Preview

2017 Devil Dollies Preview

Jan 17, 2017

The Devil Dollies are back and determined to reaffirm their title as QCRG Cup Champions against the Alley Kats at the 2017 season opener on Friday, January 20, at 7 p.m at Buffalo Riverworks. This rematch is reminiscent of their head to head battle in the June 2016 championship game, when the Dollies claimed the cup with a 1 point last jam win. With a mix of...

2017 Alley Kats Preview

2017 Alley Kats Preview

Jan 12, 2017

   The 2016 Queen City Roller Girls season saw the Alley Kats get off to a quick start which culminated in their best season since 2011. Prior to 2016 they had suffered a long string of losses on the scoreboard but starting with the 2014 season, they began a team rebuild with their sights set on a championship. Their luck changed immediately in the first...

The Derby Moms of the Queen City Roller Girls

Maggie de Sade (Saucies Captain) with her kids  By Vile Love It – Mom to Lydia 19, Zoe 16 and Jacob 14. Soccer mom. Ballet mom. Hockey mom. Once a woman has a child it seems she is relegated to the sidelines to cheer her child on; bringing snacks, washing jerseys, and carpooling to early morning practices. But what about the mom who still wants to...

Let’s Roll Buffalo! 2016 Season Schedule

Let’s Roll Buffalo! 2016 Season Schedule

Nov 7, 2015

Learn about all of the action we have planned for our 10th season at Buffalo RiverWorks!

2015 Ticket Sales Online!

2015 Ticket Sales Online!

Mar 14, 2015

Queen City Roller Girls have officially moved in to their new home at Buffalo Riverworks. The downtown space has been created with Roller Derby in mind and is built to provide fans the best experience possible. Since the season started, the venue has been packed and now there’s a way to guarantee you have a view of the action. Now fans can purchase their...

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

Jan 23, 2015

A derby name is a very personal thing. It will follow you through your life, not just the life of your career. Some of my closest friends who have retired still are referred to by their derby names. They become our nicknames. When I first started many moons ago, I was told to choose a name. Coming from an athletic background it was hard for me to think of...

Become a Non-Skating Official!

Become a Non-Skating Official!

Sep 21, 2014

Have you always wanted to be a part of Queen City Roller Girls, but might not be ready to whack people around on skates? Jump into the middle of the action as a Non-Skating Official! Queen City Roller Girls is a growing and evolving league, and men and women 18 years and older are welcome now more than ever to be a part of the close-knit team of officials known...

QCRG Day in North Tonawanda

QCRG Day in North Tonawanda

Jun 6, 2014

Come celebrate “QCRG Day” with an art show and a parade as the Queen City Rollergirls wrap up the 2014 regular season The Queen City Roller Girls finish their regular home season this Saturday with the championship game between the Suicidal Saucies and the Nickel City Knockouts. Each year in celebration, the City of North Tonawanda proclaims the day of the...

Derbology: The Struggle – A New Sport and a New League

Derbology: The Struggle – A New Sport and a New League

May 16, 2014

For all intents and purposes, Roller Derby is a new sport. The roller derby of today isn’t your grandmammy’s roller derby. Most notably, this is not our job, we are volunteers. The players, the referees, the Non Skating Officials, production committee are all dues-paying members. Everything that makes a Saturday night bout happen is done on the backs of...

Moving Day Draws Near

Moving Day Draws Near

May 13, 2014

by Sheer Tara I’ve been rolling with The Queen City Roller Girls since that first summer. Always an athlete-owned sports league, I can attest that we have had two long term goals since our start in 2006: to be an integral part of Buffalo’s culture and to have a derby-dedicated bouting and practice facility. Finally we’re pleased to announce we will call a...

Being a Derby Mom

Being a Derby Mom

May 11, 2014

There were several things I always told myself I would never do when I became a parent. I swore we wouldn’t have plastic junk overrun our whole house. I promised myself I’d never be “one of those people” who let a screaming child remain undisciplined in a public place, disrupting everyone around them. But most importantly, I was determined that I...

Boo’s Blog: Just when you figured out how to watch roller derby…

Boo’s Blog: Just when you figured out how to watch roller derby…

Apr 4, 2014

…they go and change the rules. It’s true. The rules… they are a changin’. Why? It’s not to torture the fans or the players or the officials. It’s because WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) listened. Each year they do a survey of skaters, officials, volunteers and fans. Based on those responses, WFTDA made adjustments. So when...

Boo’s Blog: Identities. Is it OK to Have More Than One?

Boo’s Blog: Identities. Is it OK to Have More Than One?

Feb 28, 2014

Last Saturday was an exciting time for QCRG. Our travel team, the Lake Effect Furies, had their first 2014 bout against Suburban Brawl followed by the Devil Dollis v Alley Kats. Both were very close bouts with great playing by all 4 teams. Sunday morning I was replaying all the action in my head as I was driving to pick-up my son and turned on talk radio...

Derbology: Derbytines

Derbology: Derbytines

Feb 14, 2014

Some quick derby-themed Valentine’s Day wishes from Queen City Roller Girls to you! ~ Captions by Knockin’ Das Boots, photos by Andy Foremiak & Robert...

“Roller Derby Saved My Soul”

“Roller Derby Saved My Soul”

Feb 7, 2014

If you have been around derby conventions, bouts or any function you have probably seen this saying somewhere: t-shirts, stickers, etc. I have thought about this saying, does it mean through the athleticism that it takes to be a derby player? I have had other players tell me how they love being a part of a team again like when they were younger, maybe this is...

Boo’s Blog: Derby Commandments

Boo’s Blog: Derby Commandments

Jan 8, 2014

I recently saw a meme on Facebook that had the 10 commandments of roller derby. I liked them. I laughed about them. I realized I know some people who live by them. But it also got me thinking there was one thing missing off the list entirely – the officials. While we who wear stripes or pink cannot be here without the skaters, neither can the skaters be...

Derbology: Derby Names

Derbology: Derby Names

Dec 28, 2013

I know you think girls with taut buttocks hitting each other is the best part of roller derby, but you’re wrong. It’s the names! Each derby name (skaters, referees and officials) has to be completely unique within the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Brainstorming and deciding on the right name can be a bigger challenge than those first...

Boo’s Blog: ‘Twas the month before derby…

Boo’s Blog: ‘Twas the month before derby…

Dec 23, 2013

‘Twas the month before derby and all through the rink, Not a skater was skating & the pads were being cleansed of their derby stink. When out on the track there arose such a clatter, I knew in a moment that something was the matter… This is the time of year when every kid and kid at heart – no matter how old starts to look at the calendar and...

Boo D. Blog: Pick Me! Pick Me!

Boo D. Blog: Pick Me! Pick Me!

Sep 30, 2013

Do you remember gym class in elementary school? The anxiety you’d feel when it was time for teams to be selected? You stood in that line waiting, hoping, praying you wouldn’t be last. That someone would show mercy and pick you – even if you did have 2 left feet, your thumbs were on backwards & you didn’t know a soccer goal from a...

QCRG Volunteers Make Solid Impact on WNY

QCRG Volunteers Make Solid Impact on WNY

Sep 18, 2013

During the derby season, the QCRG calendar is bustling with practices, bouts, fundraisers, and after parties. What fans might not know, however, is that the league also volunteers year-round to improve the WNY community. Since the beginning of 2013, Queen City members have donned dish gloves and marathon shoes just as often as roller skates.

Boo D. Blog: Excuse Me, Do I Know You?

Boo D. Blog:  Excuse Me, Do I Know You?

Aug 30, 2013

I’ve attended RollerCon – the annual summer gathering of derby players, officials and coaches in Las Vegas – for three years in a row. Sadly, this year I couldn’t go (but I’ve already started the piggy bank for RC14). The first year I went, the challenge bouts were outside on Freemont Street. That’s right, roller derby in downtown Las...

‘No Mercy’ Explained

‘No Mercy’ Explained

Aug 16, 2013

In January of 2013 the WFTDA rolled out its new ranking system, which awards points based on a mathematical formula instead of relying on member leagues to vote on the rankings. The new ranking system can seem complicated and confusing at first glance, but today we will help explain just how the new system works! The official WFTDA release can be found here:...